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    TheScullster Guest

    Default Newbie Wine Q

    Hi all

    First time in this group and it looks well spammed!
    Anywho - being a total wine duffer, I am looking for something a bit up
    market from our usual tipple.
    Me and the missus have enjoyed the Jacob's Creek standard of tipple and are
    particularly partial to their reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon).
    For this we pay £7-£9 a bottle IIRC.
    If I pay nearer £20, will I see a significant improvement in quality/flavour
    etc?

    If so, whose wines should I try? If you are familiar with the Jacob's Creek
    offerings, they are rich and thick (sort of thing) - not at all watery. Is
    this what's known as full bodied? This is the style of wine I would be
    looking to buy, with whatever improvement can be bought IYSWIM.

    Suggestions on variety and stockist anyone please?

    TIA

    Phil



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    Yves Guest

    Default Re: Newbie Wine Q

    Hi Phil,

    I suggest you buy "the only wine book one really needs", i.e. Hugh Johnsons
    Wine Companion. Small enough to fit into your pocket while you go "label
    surfing" in you wine shop. It is most probably the most compact, yet quite
    complete book ever published about the world of wine. As there is a new
    edition every year, you should try to get the 2011 edition which should be
    in the shelves by now. Browse through the book, and find out from Johnson's
    descriptions if this is the kind of wine you would like to try.

    Can't really help you with the wine outlets in the UK, but remember that
    taxes on wines(especially on the cheaper end of the market) tend to be
    higher in Britain than in France or the Benelux countries, so if you get the
    bug, it might be worthwile to take you car to mainland Europe and fill your
    trunk!

    All the best,

    Yves


    "TheScullster" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] uk...
    > Hi all
    >
    > First time in this group and it looks well spammed!
    > Anywho - being a total wine duffer, I am looking for something a bit up
    > market from our usual tipple.
    > Me and the missus have enjoyed the Jacob's Creek standard of tipple and
    > are particularly partial to their reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon).
    > For this we pay £7-£9 a bottle IIRC.
    > If I pay nearer £20, will I see a significant improvement in
    > quality/flavour etc?
    >
    > If so, whose wines should I try? If you are familiar with the Jacob's
    > Creek offerings, they are rich and thick (sort of thing) - not at all
    > watery. Is this what's known as full bodied? This is the style of wine I
    > would be looking to buy, with whatever improvement can be bought IYSWIM.
    >
    > Suggestions on variety and stockist anyone please?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Phil
    >




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    Anders TÝrneskog Guest

    Default Re: Newbie Wine Q

    Sticking with Aussie wines the following come to my mind:
    Penfolds Kalimna bin 28 Shiraz
    Brown Brothers Shiraz
    Both are marginally expensiver and probably better, especially the Kalimna.

    Anders

    "TheScullster" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
    news:[email protected] uk...
    > Hi all
    >
    > First time in this group and it looks well spammed!
    > Anywho - being a total wine duffer, I am looking for something a bit up
    > market from our usual tipple.
    > Me and the missus have enjoyed the Jacob's Creek standard of tipple and
    > are particularly partial to their reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon).
    > For this we pay £7-£9 a bottle IIRC.
    > If I pay nearer £20, will I see a significant improvement in
    > quality/flavour etc?
    >
    > If so, whose wines should I try? If you are familiar with the Jacob's
    > Creek offerings, they are rich and thick (sort of thing) - not at all
    > watery. Is this what's known as full bodied? This is the style of wine I
    > would be looking to buy, with whatever improvement can be bought IYSWIM.
    >
    > Suggestions on variety and stockist anyone please?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Phil
    >




  4. #4
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: Newbie Wine Q

    On Nov 15, 3:40*am, "TheScullster" <p...@dropthespam.com> wrote:
    > Hi all
    >
    > First time in this group and it looks well spammed!
    > Anywho - being a total wine duffer, I am looking for something a bit up
    > market from our usual tipple.
    > Me and the missus have enjoyed the Jacob's Creek standard of tipple and are
    > particularly partial to their reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon).
    > For this we pay £7-£9 a bottle IIRC.
    > If I pay nearer £20, will I see a significant improvement in quality/flavour
    > etc?
    >
    > If so, whose wines should I try? *If you are familiar with the Jacob's Creek
    > offerings, they are rich and thick (sort of thing) - not at all watery. *Is
    > this what's known as full bodied? *This is the style of wine I would be
    > looking to buy, with whatever improvement can be bought IYSWIM.
    >
    > Suggestions on variety and stockist anyone please?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Phil


    I'll not make recs, as I'm in US and what's available will be
    different. But my best advice is to try a wineshop with a good staff.
    Tell them what you've like, try their suggestions, and then report
    back your reactions. There'll be some early misses, but eventually a
    good shop will zero in on your preferences.

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